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A Struggle of the Spirit and a Search for the Truth

Written with the same masterful prose and clarity of vision that made The Alchemist an international phenomenon, The Fifth Mountain is Paulo Coelho's inspiring story of the Biblical prophet Elijah. In the ninth century B.C., the Phoenician princess Jezebel orders the execution of all the prophets who refuse to seek safety
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 26th 2000 by HarperOne (first published 1996)
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Charlotte May
“Do not admire, and do not believe so much; it was a wager I made with myself. I wagered that God exists.”

2 stars. Such an interesting premise - a retelling of the biblical story of Elijah. I was excited to find out more about this famous prophet and the ancient lands in which he lived. Despite this I didn’t enjoy this story. Nothing really happens - Elijah spends the whole time in inner turmoil and indecisiveness. He falls in love with a woman which just adds to his lack of direction. I was ju
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Ahmad Sharabiani
O Monte Cinco = Quinta Montanha = The Fifth Mountain. Paulo Coelho
This is Coelho's daring retelling of the prophet Elijah. During the chaos of the ninth century B.C., Jezebel, wife to Israel's ruler, orders the execution of all prophets who refuse to worship the pagan god Baal. The young prophet Elijah, commanded by an angel of God to flee Israel, seeks safety in the land of Zarephath, where he unexpectedly finds true love with a young widow. But this new-found rapture is to be cut short, and El
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John
Another crappy book by Coelho... I don't know which bugs me more: his boring, overly simplistic writing style or his problematic, platitude-laden philosophical musings (with which he beats readers black and blue). Some people call Coelho's writing "poetic," but to me his books are about as literary as a Hardy Boys novel. Coelho always tells, never shows; he keeps you emotionally detached from his characters; and everybody in his novels talks in exactly the same way as everyone else. The dialog i ...more
Christie
Mar 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are interested in history, spirtuality and a fulfilling message, you can't go wrong with this book. Coelho writes his interpretation of the story of Elijah, the old testament prophet, who underwent trials, tribulations, and suffering all while learning about himself, human love, and his capacity for forgiveness. A moving and relevent book, whether you are interested in spiritual development or if you just want to understand the historical conflict between Israel and Lebanon. A must read.
Shahmeer
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-on-kobo
I think Paulo Coelho needs to stop referring to 'The Alchemist' in each and every book he writes.
Salima Al Masrouri
Although I liked 'The Alchemist' & 'The Zahir' betterو, but it was indeed an interesting read.
It has something in common with the two books; which is the quest and the journey the main characters of the story has taken.

Powerful metaphoric insights throughout the book. And I must say it wass as inspiring as the rest of Coehlo's books.

I'm now in a position where I can confidently say that I understand his writing style.

My favorite quotations from the books (which i highlighted in pink in my
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Meriem
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Paulo Coelho; what an amazing writer. He just never disappoints.

The book really pulled me in, I took my time with it but completed it in a reasonable amount of time. It's not too long or too short, it's just the right amount of plot and conflict to make it a good read. Actually, scratch that, it was an amazing read.
The story is pretty much on this man who is destined to be prophet and lead the people to the right path. He struggles, goes through pain and suffering. He fails much, but the people
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Pamela
Jan 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I love the book. I found very interesting the story being base on Elias life. What I like the most from the book was the idea that a prophet like him fall in love with a woman, I would not have imagine putting that story together an man from God and falling in love; however, he did not get the chance to live that love at a full expression due to the woman he love died, so when this happens is when I found the book better because Elias’ path changed completely. Elias became angry at God, and he s ...more
Kim
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
"I forgot Thee, Lord, and I am not ashamed. And because of it I discovered that I am on my path because such is my wish, not because it was imposed on me by my father and mother, by the customs of my country, or even by Thee.
It is to Thee, O Lord, that I would return at this moment. I wish to praise Thee with the strength of my will and not with the cowardice of one who has not known how to choose another path. But for Thee to confide in me Thy important mission, I must continue this battle aga
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Wei Cho
Maybe I'm a bit biased while writing my review. I don't like that Coehlo is so deeply influenced by religion, and it shows in his writing. If there's anything I'm trying to evade at all cost, would be religion.

I felt the book was very spiritual, and while it was good, warm, and whatnot, I couldn't stop thinking that every page turn was a new sermon. Coehlo's style of writing is very deep and thoughtful, and his word choices are beautiful. His style of writing is something I can praise. He write
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Prateek Dwivedi
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Prateek by: Nikhil Dwivedi
You don't have to be an avid reader to understand one simple but an utmost important thing about novels. It is to give a right finish to the story, that carries the reader to the last page. With just four more pages left on my journey through this book, I was flabbergasted to realize that story ended with Elijah leaving Akbar for his hometown. And the rest of it was all covered as a side note, for the tranquillity of curiosity.

The author of this book has done it so well then I have started to ap
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Mehdi Hassan
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paolo Coelho is definitely one of my top 5 favourite authors. He has set the bar really high with 'The Alchemist', a book I keep going back to for motivation and direction in life. The Fifth Mountain brings into perspective the struggles of a prophet and Paolo does a good job of accentuating the moments of doubt in his sacred journey. The book is great for quotes and notes of wisdom. However, the details can sometime get boring and too dramatic to stick to the pages. The story can sometime be ha ...more
Mark
Inspired by the story from the bible, the book follows the story of Elijah, a prophet who fled after deflecting orders from his hometown, Israel. Princess Jezebel, who just married King Ahab of Israel, ordered the death of all the prophets refusing to worship the pagan God Baal.



“There are moments when troubles enter our lives and we can do nothing to avoid them.
But they are there for a reason. Only when we have overcome them will we understand why they were there.”

― Paulo Coelho, The Fifth Mo
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J.T. Therrien
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my second reading of The Fifth Mountain, a rarity in and of itself. I barely have time to read a book once, I don't usually get around to re-reading it. But it had been years since I had read Coelho's book, and so much has changed in my life since then that I wanted to see how/if the story still spoke to me.

The last time I had picked up The Fifth Mountain, I was practicing yoga, and although I never embraced Coelho's whole New Age, Warrior of Light idea, I thought it interesting. But no
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Mony Dojeiji
Feb 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have recently re-read this book telling, from Coelho's perspective obviously, the life of Elijah the Prophet. Elijah is presented as a young prophet feeling unworthy and unprepared to take on the task that God has given him - to instil the religion on the One God in the land of Israel where its current princess Jezebel is trying to impose the worship of many gods, especially that of Baal.

It is an engaging story, and for me, filled with a great deal of wisdom. It's easy to imagine the young pro
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Jaeri Ayarez
Okay, honestly, at first, I was planning to rate it with two stars but the ending was good. So it's good to finish the story first because mostly in Paulo's works, everything will cleared up and be realized at the ending.

So why still rated it three? Ahm, because the opening of the story well for me it's not good. Because when I first read it, I was confused of who's who. Elijah, Jezebel, Levite...

But, i don't know if I will rate it right and will review it rightly. Since I was reading it bit by
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Wordsmith
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of Paulos Tree, spiritual seekers
"The Fifth Mountain" is one of Coelho's earlier works, one in which he takes us to biblical times and events. He brings us the story of the prophet Elijah, whom we follow along, he and his tormented soul, through this landscape so tormented unto itself; this land of Levites, Curses, Tribunals, Angels, Israelites—Gods Will Be Done.

Coelho was raised up in the Catholic Church, not, as many assume, in some far—out, new—agey, spirit to light seeking kind of religion. His traditional religious upbrin
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Narendrāditya Nalwa
The biblical story of Elijah and how he rebuilds a city far away from his homeland. Together with the Assyrian invasion, the love Elijah finds in a lonely widow and her adamant son who strives to rebuild the city for his mother, 'The Fifth Mountain' makes a decent read.
Tara
Feb 27, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Nice,Nice,Nice..Nothing more can be said...
Sabahat
A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”
Ron
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Filled with wisdom, this retelling of Elijah's story is inspiring.

“God is God,” the Levite replied. “He did not tell Moses whether He was good or evil; He simply said: I am. He is everything that exists under the sun—the lightning bolt that destroys a house, and the hand of man that rebuilds it.”
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“If He is all-powerful, why doesn’t He spare the suffering of those who love Him? Why doesn’t He save them, instead of giving might and glory to His enemies?”
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Each time I hear a scream o
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Samar
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was about a man called Elijah who was given the ability to be a Prophet as a child and he’s done miraculous things ever since. He comes across many challenges on his journey and he persists through. I gave this book 5 stars because I thought it was really philosophical and I thought it was philosophical in a way that I could understand it and I thought it was really good as I added a bit of religion involved as well. The character I liked the most was obviously Elijah because when he h ...more
Arthi Rathinavel
Love the quote ‘Fear reaches only to the point where unavoidable begins after that it loses its meaning’....loved the theme,the tragedy that happens to us is not punishment but a challenge to our spirit....I don’t know whether am not clever enough to understand this book or this book is uninteresting....I don’t find this gripping and I got bored while reading...I am a sort of person who quit the book if it doesn’t evoke emotions or if I couldn’t able to relate to it and I never want to quit this ...more
Rosanna Amour-amour
Jan 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
Even duller than reading the book of Elijah. ‘The woman’ lacked personality and any life at all. I gave up with 40 pages to go.
He manages to make a sacking of the city by the Assyrians sound like a group of men meeting for a little spat. ‘The city is on fire!’ Elijah said, void of any emotion. Drivel
Meet Pandya
Feb 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book to understand god a little better and offcourse how to listen to your heart
Shameen
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so much deeper than just the life of the Prophet, it went deep soothing the heart , and giving me peace.
Fady Sameh
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's one of the greatest book i've read!!!! paulo Coelho is such a very fantastic author and the story is very very beautiful
at first i had no intension to read any of his works after the alchemist but it come in front of me and i gave it a try but from the first page i was overwhelmed with such beautiful phrases and words between elijah and the levite
it's a story that rebuilds your soul and devlop your spirtual life with god
it's a very small book compared with such thoughts and wisdom in it
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Nate Kara
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading The Alchemist I had high hopes for this book. It was an amazing read full of rich metaphors and continually had me pausing to reflect and ponder the concepts talked about & a wonderful story of perseverance and love.
Ignatius
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What an awful book. I only read it in it's entirety because it was a gift, but I could tell from the first pages it was going to be very very very bad. The prose is boring, uninspired, dull, imprecise, and simple, to a ridiculous degree(And even if I could blame that on the translator, I read it in Spanish. How hard can it be to translate from Portuguese to Spanish?) Characters were probably the worst thing by far. Only 2 characters have a name, the queen of Israel and the protagonist. There's l ...more
Mark
Jun 19, 2007 rated it really liked it
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The Brazilian author PAULO COELHO was born in 1947 in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Before dedicating his life completely to literature, he worked as theatre director and actor, lyricist and journalist. In 1986, PAULO COELHO did the pilgrimage to Saint James of Compostella, an experience later to be documented in his book The Pilgrimage. In the following year, COELHO published The Alchemist. Slow in ...more
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